Anime vs. Manga: Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan)

Shingeki no Kyojin is one of the most popular anime series for its interesting story and incredible world-building that draws people in. Both the manga and anime have been popular since their release. Fans have been waiting to learn the truth of the world alongside Eren, Mikasa and the other members of the Survey Corps—a truth that we are all slow to uncover.

If you’re a fan of Shingeki no Kyojin, you might be tempted to read the manga during the anime’s downtime. But there are some differences you should be aware of if you’re switching from the anime to the manga, or vice versa. Though both styles follow the same story for the most part, they do differ from one another in specific areas, including characters and the way the story plays out. Of course, anime and manga are very different ways to experience a story, which Shingeki no Kyojin proves in these several small aspects throughout its series!

Spoilers Beyond This Point!

Order of the Story

Though the anime series manages to retain most of the content from the manga, Shingeki no Kyojin’s anime has a habit of moving things around. For example, with Ymir’s backstory in the anime, viewers were told about her past throughout flashbacks just as in the manga, but it was revealed much earlier than in the manga version. The anime does this a few more times, moving up specific moments earlier than they were unveiled in the manga. The main reason for this seems to be to provide more answers for those watching the anime, which is not a bad thing—however, it does provide these answers or backstory with less of the context the manga includes.

Character Personalities

If you love the characters from Shingeki no Kyojin’s anime, you may like them even more so in the manga! A few of the more popular characters from the series have more versatile personalities in the manga, including Eren, Mikasa, and Levi. Eren has a bit more depth to him and doesn’t act quite as foolish in some cases, as well as displaying more attentiveness to Mikasa. Mikasa, in turn, is less obsessive about Eren and spends less time simply screaming his name in stressful scenes. As for Levi, he has more of a sarcastic personality in the manga, being less cold and distant with his comrades. The anime adaptation seems to have approached with certain tropes for some of the characters, particularly in these three, to reduce the amount of time needed for fans to get to know them, but it does mean we miss out on some of their likeability from the manga.

Sasha’s Involvement

Meanwhile, those of you that love Sasha may be sorely disappointed with her depiction in the manga. Sasha actually has less of an appearance in events for Shingeki no Kyojin’s manga. Many of her lines in the anime series are actually brand new scenes or taken from other, less noticeable characters. Sasha’s increased involvement with Eren and his friends can be traced to unexpected popularity. She wasn’t expected to be as well received by fans as she was, and so the creators of the anime made her more involved because they recognized that people liked her!

The Outcome of Eren and Annie’s Titan Fight

Surprisingly, Eren does not win his fight against the Female Titan in the manga version. Though he eventually manages to overcome her in the anime, Annie destroys him soundly in the manga, resulting in Mikasa and the rest of the Survey Corps stepping in to defeat her. She does crystallize herself after this onslaught, but it is not as much a result of Eren’s personal doing.

Titans Running

Of course, the biggest difference between any anime and manga is the ability to view characters actually moving along with the world. We point out the Titans here specifically because they are the terrifying monsters and source of many questions throughout the course of Shingeki no Kyojin. While their appearances are quite scary in the manga, watching them move and run after characters in the anime adaptation takes their horrifying nature to a whole other level! You really do feel as if you are a part of the victims’ terror—though, hopefully, you never will be!

Final Thoughts

We hope that informing you about these slight differences between Shingeki no Kyojin’s manga and anime adaptation will make you more informed overall about the setting and world of this interesting story. However, whether you decide to wait for the anime series to air or read along with the manga release, we can all agree that Shingeki no Kyojin is easily one of the most thrilling anime!

Which is your preference: manga or anime? Let us know what your thoughts are about either version in the comments below!

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Author: Meghan May Dellinger

Konnichiwa! I'm a writer/daydreamer who gets a little lost along the path of life from time to time. I love watching anime and playing all kinds of video games - everything from RPGs to first-person shooters. I hope to be an author someday, but until then, I'll share my words with the world any way I can! I love making new friends, so don't be afraid to leave a comment!

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